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Posted in Linux

Updating BIOS on ALIX 2 series (fixing “NET: Registered protocol family 16” boot freeze)

I recently tried to install voyage linux on an ALIX computer and found that versions 5.0 don’t run on it hanging with “NET: Registered protocol family 16” message during the boot. After quick research I found that “MFGPT workaround” option should be disabled in the bios settings in order to…

Posted in How To Other

How to erase marker stain from the wall.

I’m moving to another place. Right the next day I submitted the notice to the leasing office my kids, being under great impression of “Blue’s Clues” TV program, started playing clues. Soon they invented that the best clues can be made with marker on walls. I spent about 1 hour…

Posted in Other

Not All Batteries Are Equal. Some May not Work in Your Gadget (like Archos DVR Station).

I’ve got new Archos DVR Station recently. The nice thing about it is a cool remote with tons of different buttons that provide full keyboard+mouse functionality for Archos 605 PMP. Unfortunately the remote appeared to be dead. I was almost ready to pack it and send back to the store…

Posted in How To Linux Software Web

Squid: unrecognized httpd_accel_port, httpd_accel_with_proxy on, httpd_accel_uses_host_header

I was recently installing squid at home as a single caching proxy for all computers in my home network. The simple way is just running squid on your linux router as is and configuring every single browser on all computers in your network so they access internet using squid. That’s…

Posted in Robotics

1000th viewer of routerbot video (routerbot is a domestic router turned into a robot)

I just noticed that my video about domestic router turned into robot got its 1000th viewer. This is my very first youtube video and I’m very proud of that. If you’re thinking about what to do this weekend, building a robot for your kids could be a good idea. This…

Posted in Hardware How To

How to make an “incompatible” MiniSD card work with Motorola RAZR V3/V3T

A year+ ago I’ve got my Motorola RAZR V3T (free with 2-year subscription from T-Mobile). Almost immediately I ordered 1Gb card that would fit more information and music. Of course I chose the cheapest one. At the moment the best offer was 1Gb Kingston card. Unfortunately when I inserted the…

Posted in How To Windows

Windows Explorer: how to enable labels in the thumbnail view

So you did something and your windows explorer is now displaying thumbnails without labels? Here is how to cure it: switch to any other view mode and then switch back to thumbnail view while holding shift key. Nice! How many tiny features like this one windows hides inside?

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How to take apart a Linksys WRT54G router

Linksys WRT54G router and similar are very famous because of great modifications potential hidden in the device. For some purposes you may want to add a serial port to the router. You may need that for development purposes or to turn the router into a robot for instance. This post…

Posted in How To Linux Software

How to automate fdisk (how to partition a lot of disks quickly)

Imagine you need to create say 10 disks with predefined partitions loaded with some software. The ideal solution would be automatic disk partitioning and copying the software to it. While copying files is an easy-to-do everyday procedure partitioning is a bit more tricky (really, just a little bit). Here is…

Posted in How To Windows

How to enable filmstrip view in Windows Explorer (Windows XP)

Windows explorer in XP has very nice feature of displaying folder contents as a filmstrip. It is very handy to browse lots of images. Unfortunately the logic of turning it on and off this feature doesn’t perfectly match the reality. Here’s explanation how you can enable filmstrip view for your…

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Posted in How To Linux

How to disable automount in linux (Re-reading the partition table failed with error 16)

Imagine you’re repartitioning a disk and when you quit fdisk writing the new partition table automount tries to mount new partitions. So instead of refreshed disk ready for newfs you get this warning: WARNING: Re-reading the partition table failed with error 16: Device or resource busy. The kernel still uses…